Louisville Tackles Cincinnati In Friday Big East Matchup

By: Willie Bee | Monday, October 22, 2012

Cincinnati Bearcats at Louisville Cardinals College Football Betting Preview
10/26/2012, 8:00 p.m. (ET) ESPN2
Opening Lines: Louisville -4, O/U 53½
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Cincinnati Bearcats: Butch Jones and the 'Cats (5-1 straight up, 3-3 against the spread) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten last Saturday at Toledo, perhaps looking ahead to this rivalry.  Cincy closed as 5-point road chalk and never could respond to a KO return for a TD by the Rockets late in the third period.  Munchie Legaux easily had his worst game of the season for the Bearcats, tossing two picks and completing just 15-of-36 aerials.  Cincinnati still churned out a solid rushing effort in the loss (251 yards), even better than its 12th-highest average in the country (225.7 ypg), but will face a stiffer run defense in L'ville on Friday night.  The series has run in streaks recently with the Bearcats winning the last four meetings (3-1 ATS) after the Cardinals won the previous five (4-1 ATS).

Louisville Cardinals: Charlie Strong has one of two remaining undefeated teams in the Big East, the other being Rutgers, but Louisville (7-0 SU, 3-4 ATS) is really only now beginning to reach the tough part of its slate.  The Cardinals' first seven opponents are a combined 14-39, with North Carolina (5-3) the only school with winning record, and they have the Scarlet Knights on the road at the end of the campaign plus a trip to Syracuse before then.  Louisville was No. 28 in last week's Don Best Linemakers Poll, and is paced on offense by talented soph QB Teddy Bridgewater who is 12th in the country with a 165.21 passer rating (11 TD, 3 INT).  The Bearcats have held opposing quarterbacks to a 111.9 rating, 24th lowest in the nation. The last two games played in Louisville have gone 'over' the total; both teams have split the totals thus far in 2012, Cincinnati 2-2 'over/under' and Louisville 3-3.

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